SEVENTEEN’s Teen, Age Album Review

teen, ageSEVENTEEN’S second full-length album Teen, Age was released on the 6th of November 2017.

The album consists of 13 tracks, including a short intro and outro. For the purpose of this review, I will be looking at all 11 full-length tracks.

The album shows their growth as a newly successful group, including a variety of styles and unit tracks.


  • CHANGE UP: CHANGE UP was first released prior to the album being dropped and features the group’s unit leaders: Hoshi, S.Coups and Woozi. Musically, it is a mix of trap, R&B, pop and EDM with smooth raps and falsetto vocals. Lyrically, the song talks about the effort which the leaders of SEVENTEEN put into the group to help keep them successful, happy and healthy. I didn’t like the song at first, but it has grown on me! 3/5.
  • WITHOUT YOU: Without You has an understated electro-pop sound, slightly reminiscent of the group’s previous track Don’t Wanna Cry. Vernon’s line at 0:35 is probably my favourite part of the song. The song tells the emotional journey of someone who has recently lost a loved one and how they come to accept that they must no change and move on. 3.5/5

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  • CLAP: CLAP was the title track of the album. It has a funk pop vibe, mixed with a blues-rock sound and is incredibly catchy. Lyrically, the song is incredibly relatable and uplifting, like the opening line: “It’s alright, it’s alright, these things happen. Things get all tangled up like earphones in your pocket”Overall, this is currently my all-time favourite SEVENTEEN song. 5/5.
  • BRING IT: BRING IT is a duet featuring Hoshi and Woozi. It has a darker, heavier beat and sound than most of the other songs on the album. It has an almost military feel. It’s one of my less favourite songs on the album, as I’m not a massive fan of the beat drop or the flow. 0.5/5

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  • LILILI YABBAY: Lilili Yabbay is a song by the Performance Team (aka Hoshi, Jun, Dino and The8). It has an experimental EDM sound. It’s definitely more of a song I would go and see someone dance to than something I would listen to by itself, which I guess is kind of the point? In any case, as a song, not one of my favourites but not bad either. 2.5/5.
  • TRAUMA: TRAUMA is a song by the Hip Hop Team (aka S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon). It’s a rap song, but with quite calm and understated rhythms and a singing-rap style chorus. It’s one of my all-time favourite SEVENTEEN songs and is really such a masterpiece. The lyrics talk about each of the members personal traumas and it’s honestly a little bit heart-breaking. 5/5.
  • PINWHEEL: PINWHEEL is a song by the Vocal Team (aka Woozi, Joshua, Jeonghan, Seungkwan and DK). It’s a slow, sweet song perfect for showcasing their honey vocals, but isn’t the most unusual ballad ever. 4/5.

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  • FLOWER: FLOWER features Jeonghan, Seungkwan, The8, Wonwoo, Dino and S.Coups. It’s one of the darker, heavier songs on the album, but not nearly as dark as BRING IT. It has a more upbeat and bouncy rhythm and a very catchy vocal chorus. 3/5.
  • ROCKET: ROCKET features Joshua and Vernon, the two members with an American background. Thus, the song is actually about a 50/50 split of Korean and English. It’s a fun, playful and empowering song which talks about just going for things and not bothering about what other people think of you. 4/5.

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  • HELLO: HELLO features DK, Mingyu and Jun and I believe it was the last of three songs they wrote quite a while back. It’s a cheesy, poppy love song and whilst it’s not really my thing, it’s not horrible either, just didn’t seem to match the maturity of the other songs on the album. I feel like it would have fit more on one of their earlier albums than on this one. 1.5/5.
  • CAMPFIRE: Campfire feels like a sort of sweet “goodbye until next time” from the group, with a sweet and chill rhythm and muted raps and vocals. It’s a soft caress against the ears and flows nicely like a bubbling brook. 4/5.

Overall, this is my favourite SEVENTEEN album and was one of my favourite albums of 2017 and I definitely recommend you check it out. It was really the album that got me into the group to begin with.

CATEGORY SCORE (5)
Title Track 5
Variety 4
Cohesiveness 3.5
My Music Taste 3.5
Overall 4

4 microphones out of 5


Who are SEVENTEEN?



SEVENTEEN are a South Korean boy group who debuted in May 2015. There are 13 members: S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, Seungkwan, DK, Hoshi, Jun, The8, and Dino. They also have a subunit called BSS containing members Seungkwan, DK and Hoshi.


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. This was the last in my series of SEVENTEEN posts, so if you’re interested, you can check out my top ten favourite SEVENTEEN songs of all time and my introduction to SEVENTEEN

Also, hey! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long 😦 I was sick and then had to catch up with school work. But now I’m on holiday for a week so I can catch up with blogging again!

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Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


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Love Yourself 結 Answer Album Review

BTS Love Yourself 'Answer'The Love Yourself 結  ‘Answer’ repackage album was released on the 24th of August 2018 and is the third and final part of the Love Yourself series.

The album consists of 7 new tracks, including solo songs from all of the members except Jimin and V, as well as three songs by the group together.

The album also contains three remixes, a full length edition of the song Serendipity as well as some other songs off of the ‘Her’ and ‘Tear’ albums.

The album’s concept is largely about learning to finally love yourself and not caring what other people think, and should have quite a celebratory and euphoric feeling to the music.

For the purpose of this review, I will only be reviewing the seven brand new tracks and Euphoria. I will not be reviewing the remixes nor the new full length version of Serendipity but I will mention them in my overall review of the album at the end.


TRACK 1- Euphoria


This song was previously featured in BTS’ Wonder short film and was released officially for the first time in this album. It is a solo song featuring the main vocal and maknae, Jungkook.

  • reminds me of Magic Shop (Jungkook’s music style)
  • similar EDM sound
  • euphoric atmosphere
  • open and moving sound, creates feeling of elation and exhilaration

“You’re the sun that rose again in my life, a reincarnation of my childhood dreams”

Similar to many BTS songs off recent albums, this song could easily be heard as a love song. However, with the theme of this album, we could also surmise that the lyrics are talking about the narrator’s love for himself being the “cause of [his] euphoria”, which is a very powerful message.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)
Overall, I liked this song on about the same level as Magic Shop, although I liked the lyrics of Magic Shop slightly more, so I’m giving this song a 3.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this short film which was the world’s first glimpse at the song! 


TRACK 2- Trivia 起 Just Dance


Trivia 起: Just Dance is a solo track by the rapper and dancer J-Hope.

  • sounds like a J-Hope song
  • upbeat and dance-y
  • mixed vocals with rapping, nice variety

I’m not a massive fan of the chorus (e.g. at 2:03) which is a shame as it repeats quite a few times. The flow of the lyrics is a bit annoying, and I’m not a fan of the beat at that point either. Apart from that, I quite enjoy the song.

I also love how each of the individual members is starting to develop a signature sound for their solo songs (hmm… maybe that’s a good blog post idea).

“It’s weird, we’re connecting too much… but you’re my friend… just”

As far as I have found, this song doesn’t have an official interpretation, so I’m just throwing out some ideas here.

It seems that this song is about someone who is developing a crush of some sorts on one of their friends. The references to having while dancing are also fitting for J-Hope, who is one of the best dancers in the group.

2 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics aren’t anything particularly revolutionary, although I do wonder whether they are personal at all considering J-Hope wrote and produced this song. In terms of the sound of the song, it was fun, but nothing particularly special and there were some parts I didn’t like, so I’m giving the song a 2/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D audio version!


TRACK 6- Trivia 承 Love


Trivia 承: Love is a solo track by the rapper and leader RM. 

  • slower rap, which I often enjoy but…
  • least favourite of the Trivia tracks
  • too repetitive

I hate the repetitive use of words in a song, so the repetition of “사랑 사랑 사랑” (love love love) and “사람 사람 사람” (people people people) (e.g. at 0:46) made me dislike this song, especially as the words sound incredibly similar in Korean (sarang vs. saram).

The idea behind this is good (that they sound so similar because they are so intrinsically connected), but the execution is irritating. Additionally, there is a lot of repetition of phrases throughout the song.

“Like the moon always rising after the sun, like nails growing, like trees shedding their leaves, when winter comes, you’re the one”

This song is definitely very much a love song, and it has some beautiful or interesting lines talking about the reliability and eternity of love.

However, it also has some lines which toe the edge of cheesy and genius (e.g.“JKLMNOPQRST I went past all those letters and reached you”). Unfortunately, I have a really low cringe-threshold, so they are too cheesy for me to enjoy.

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In conclusion, I’m not a fan of this song. RM is an incredibly talented rapper and songwriter, but this is simply a style where there is so much repetitiveness of lyrics and even of the same word, which I just can’t enjoy. Additionally, the lyrics made me cringe a bit when I was reading them, so I give this song a 0/5 as I simply cannot listen to it.

Just because I don’t like this song doesn’t mean you didn’t! If you did like it, check out this fan cam of RM performing this song live!


TRACK 11- Trivia 轉 Seesaw


Trivia 轉: Seesaw is a solo track by the rapper Suga.

  • jazzy R&B sound (think 134340)
  • smooth and playful flow, very hard to resist dancing
  • good balance between singing and rapping

Suga is my bias in BTS, but that has absolutely nothing to do with why this one of my favourite songs on the entire album. Suga has one of my favourite tones and flows of any rappers and I love his singing as well. It’s slightly husky, very deep and quite soothing.

“Is there really a need to keep repeating ourselves, saying this was love and this is love? We’re both tired and holding onto the same card…”

This song talks about a relationship which started out fine, but has become toxic on both sides. There is not a good balance in the relationship, and like a seesaw, the relationship is full of ups and downs to the extent that both people are now miserable and tired.

However, instead of moaning about it, the song takes a more mature and confident approach, with the narrator concluding that they should end the relationship and not drag out the pain.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the idea of the song isn’t particularly unique, but the way Suga compared it to a seesaw and the lyrics are so beautiful, that it makes it amazing nevertheless. This combined with a phenomenal sound means that I’m giving this song a 4/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this fan cam of Suga’s live performance!


TRACK 13- Epiphany


Epiphany was initially released on the 9th of August 2018. It’s Jin’s solo song and served as a trailer for the album.

  • more dramatic, epic version of a ballad
  • piano sounds
  • open and round feeling
  • sweet and unique vocal tone add interest and flavour

Throughout the song the phrase “I’m the one I should love” is repeated, which really sums up the entire meaning of the Love Yourself series, making this the perfect comeback trailer for this album.

“Now I finally realise, so I love me, though I may lack some things, I’m so beautiful”

The song has a gorgeous meaning, the narrator singing about how although he is not perfect, he is still worthy of loving himself.

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Overall, this song has such a gorgeous meaning and is so beautiful as well, so I’m giving it a 4.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this fan cam of Jin performing his song whilst playing the piano!


TRACK 14- I’m Fine


I’m Fine is like a sequel to Save Me, and sounds reminiscent of the song. This was hinted at in the FAKE LOVE music video where the writing saying “save me” reads “I’m Fine” if looked at upside down.

note: this song starts at 1:54

  • similar opening to Save Me, establishing it as a sort of sequel/continuation
  • EDM

Save Me is one of my all-time favourite BTS songs and this one didn’t quite live up to it. I’m not a massive fan of the beat drop (e.g. at 2:22) and the whole song felt a bit rushed… to the extent that I had to check whether my playback speed was at 1.25x speed instead of 1x speed.

However, there are some parts which I liked, for example V’s opening at 0:08 and the song as a whole is still something I would listen to.

“Even if some day, I’m not me anymore, it’s alright, only I am my own salvation, I won’t ever die in this walk”

Whereas Save Me proclaims to need someone’s love in order not to fall, I’m Fine shows a greater inner strength.

1.5 microphones
Overall, whilst the songs have a good meaning, this song didn’t live up to my expectations for it, which were admittedly fairly high considering how much I love Save Me and some parts of this song just weren’t for me. Hence, I’m giving the song a 1.5/5.

Did you like this song? If you did, check out the song’s predecessor Save Me or this 8D audio version!


TRACK 15- IDOL


IDOL is the title track of this album.

  • mixes traditional South Korean and South African music styles
  • upbeat, “hype” song (à la Not Today or Fire)
  • the music video is very busy, which put me off, but I like it more the more I listen to it

I will say that I’m not a massive fan of the more auto-tuney/edited sounding verses (e.g. at 1:55), but that is simply because I prefer cleaner, purer vocals.

I generally don’t love hype songs that much, and this song is no exception, but I would definitely feel the urge to dance if this were ever to play at a party. It feels like a great song to play to hype up for a World Cup (along the lines of Shakira’s Waka Waka).

“You can call me artist, you can call me idol. No matter what you call me, I don’t care, I’m proud of it.”

This is almost a hybrid between a diss track and a motivational song. Whilst addressing the group’s haters like they would in a diss track, the song is more about leading by example and showing the listener that it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you are happy with what you are doing and who you are, which is an important and inspiring message.

2.5 microphones
In conclusion, the message this song conveys is incredibly important, and for what the song was I quite enjoyed it, so I’m giving the song a 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this remix version featuring Nicki Minaj!


TRACK 16- Answer: Love Myself


This song is a conclusion to the Love Yourself era.

  • sort of EDM, without the beat drop (à la Love Maze)
  • less edited, purer vocals and mellow rap
  • incredibly catchy (especially that part that goes “you show me I have reasons, I should love myself” e.g. at 1:12)

This song is about admitting that “loving myself might be harder than loving someone else” but that “even all the scars from your mistakes make up your constellation” and that we should do our best to love ourselves not only despite our flaws but because of them as well.

The lyrics of this song really ring true to me, so I definitely recommend you read them all hereYou can also find lyrics for all of BTS’ other songs on colorcodedlyrics.com as well!

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
In conclusion, this was one of the better group songs on this album and the meaning is gorgeous as well, so I’m giving it a good 3/5.

Did you like this song? If you did, check out this 8D audio version!


Whilst there are some songs that I love on this album and the message is really important, there are some songs which didn’t do it for me. On a  side note: the full version of Serendipity is excellent. I seriously love it so much.

As far as a repackaged album goes, this was quite good and had quite a lot of new songs. I’m also glad that it contained so many solo tracks, as I loved that everyone had a solo in Wings era, so it only seems right that the same happens for the Love Yourself era.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
In any case, my love for a few of the songs on this album has gained it a rating of 3/5!

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3 star album rating means I liked at least half of the songs, and there were some aspects that really stood out and amazed me. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my review of Love Yourself ‘Her’ and Love Yourself ‘Tear’!


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. Watch out for my final installment of BTS week tomorrow where I talk about my favourite BTS songs and be sure to check out the other posts in this series!

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BTS’ Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ Album Review

Love Yourself Tear Album cover

The Love Yourself  ‘Tear’ album was released on the 18th of May 2018 and is the second of three albums in the Love Yourself trilogy.

The album features eleven songs, including a solo intro from member V, a vocal line song and an outro from the rap line.

The album’s overall concept is the opposite of the previous album and focuses on the darker, less spoken-about and more toxic aspects of love.


note: all music videos and live performances in this video come with English subtitles, so please click the caption button if you wish to view these.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 1- Intro: Singularity


Intro: Singularity was first released on the 6th of May 2018 as a trailer for the album and features member V.

  • similar neo-soul (R&B) sound to V’s previous solo track Stigma
  • showcases his beautiful baritone (which I’m a sucker for)
  • overall seductive quality

“Tell me, if my voice is fake, should I have not thrown myself away? Tell me, if this pain is fake, then what must I do?”

Unlike how the song sounds, the lyrics are actually dark and desperately sad. Which is, of course, probably the point.

Singularity talks about losing yourself to a persona and being unable to discern what is real or not, and this conflict is also expressed in the dissonance between the sound of the song and the meaning of the lyrics.

5 microphones (rating 5/5)
Overall, this is probably one of my favourite BTS songs of all time. It does V’s gorgeous voice justice, the meaning is both heart-breaking and deep and the lyrics themselves are poetic. The whole song flows very nicely and seems to melt into my ears. It reminds me of toffee melting on your tongue…. yum. Therefore, I can’t help but give it a 5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this awesome, LGBT+ dance cover!


TRACK 2- FAKE LOVE


FAKE LOVE is the title track on this album and also the song they performed at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

  • emo hip-hop sound
  • good rap sections and slower vocal sections
  • bad chorus

Firstly, the pronunciation of “fake love” as “fakeu love” bugs me (yes, it sounds better for the rhythm of the song and was intentional, but it’s also jarring to my ears).

Apart from that, the chorus felt like it interrupted the flow of the song and I also don’t like the vocals when Jimin and Jin sing “fake love” (e.g. 2:10). The flow within the chorus itself also doesn’t fit nicely in my opinion. Unfortunately, this ruined what could have been one of my favourite tracks on the album.

“Look at me, I threw myself away…. You say I’m strange when I changed into the person you liked”

FAKE LOVE talks about someone who changes themselves for love and how such love is fake and toxic.

1.5 microphones
Overall, the song has a good meaning about how one shouldn’t change themselves in a relationship and should stay true to themselves, but the song itself didn’t do it for me because of the chorus. Hence, I give this song a 1.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this live performance, or this official rock remix!


TRACK 3- The Truth Untold (ft. Steve Aoki)


This track features the four vocalists of the group (Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook) and is a surprising contrast to the group’s previous collaboration with Steve Aoki.

  • beautiful ballad-like song
  • minimalistic piano instrumentation
  • shows off gorgeous vocal tones
  • sincerity and bitterness of the song delivered perfectly

I can’t point at a specific point I love because the whole song is so incredible and they really did a good job of highlighting the different attractive qualities of each of their voices.

“Maybe back then, if I had just a little more courage, and stood before you, would everything be different now?”

The lyrics of The Truth Untold read like a story or epic poem, so I really recommend you read them. Essentially, they tell the story of someone who ended up losing their love as they could not tell the truth about their desires.

5 microphones (rating 5/5)
Overall, I love how the lyrics of this song are written, and they carry a great deal of emotional weight which the song perfectly communicates even if you don’t understand the lyrics. Hence, I give this song a 5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lower pitch version. I recommend playing it alongside the original to have your minds blown and ears blessed. 


TRACK 4- 134340


134340 is the number destination for Pluto since it is no longer considered a planet.

  • jazzy
  • airy, other-worldly quality like being in space
  • channels some Hope World vibes

The rap verses in this song are particularly exceptional and right up my alley, with a slightly muted and more understated style (e.g. 0:27).

“Why did you kick me out? Without a name, I’m still lingering around you…”

This song talks about someone, who like Pluto, was kicked out and discarded despite still existing and being there the same as before.

This whole song uses Pluto as a sort of extended metaphor for how the narrator is feeling and this kind of lyrical complexity and thought is part of what makes BTS’ music so special.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics of this song discuss a fairly common topic, but the way in which they address the topic is particularly unique, and the use of text-painting in the song is also particularly good. I give the song a 4/5. 

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 5- Paradise


Paradise builds on the idea first expressed in Suga’s new year wish.

  • more traditional R&B sound
  • sultry, but faster paced than Singularity
  • rap verses help keep momentum throughout
  • sparse instrumentation, largely light percussion, to support the vocals/rapping

This is one that has actually grown on me with time and is now one of my favourite songs on the album.

“It’s alright to stop, you don’t need to run without knowing why. It’s alright to not have any dreams if you have moments where you can feel happiness”

Paradise is about reassuring the listener that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want from life yet.

4 microphones out of 5
As someone who isn’t quite sure what I want to do in life yet, I love this message and think it’s very important. Additionally, I quite like the sound of the song as well, so I’m giving this song a 4/5. 

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 6- Love Maze


  • vintage hip-hop influence
  • mixed with something that is almost EDM but not quite
  • vocals in the chorus give overall lighter feel, balance harsher rap verse

(I may have struggled to figure out the genre of this song a lot…)

“All around us is a maze, different paths. We’re walking in this abyss, there’s a thin light over there, I hope we’re going toward paradise.”

Love Maze talks about navigating the difficulties of a relationship, where many things can go wrong and the chance of you finding the one correct route are small, just like in a maze.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)
Overall, I really love the way this song compares love to a maze and I think it’s a very fitting metaphor. I also love the use of metaphor in songs in general. Additionally, I like the sound of the song as well, so I’m giving this song a 3.5/5.

Did you like this song? Pop on some headphones and check out this 8D version!


TRACK 7- Magic Shop


Magic Shop displays Jungkook’s first work in music production!

  • EDM
  • not too repetitive
  • Jungkook’s music tastes really come through
  • rap acts as a light guide for the sweet vocals

You may know if you’ve read my Love Yourself ‘Her’ review, but EDM is a hit-or-miss genre for me and, unlike Best of Me, this was a massive hit and is one of my favourite songs on the album! I especially like that the members sing through the drop, giving some more variety.

“You gave me the best of me, so you’ll give you the best of you”

Magic Shop is a massive thank you to the group’s fans. The lyrics speak about how the fans have helped the members to grow and become better people and hope that they can give some of that love and support to themselves as well.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics of this song carry a beautiful, powerful message and it sounds really pleasing as well, so I give the song a 4/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D version!


TRACK 8- Airplane pt.2


Airplane pt. 2 is the sequel to the track Airplane off of J-Hope’s 2018 mixtape ‘Hope World’.

  • latin-influenced pop
  • good flow and catchy, although not my preferred genre

Airplane pt. 2 talks about how the group is loving being able to sing all over the world and their recent popularity, but also ensures fans that they’re  “still the same as before” and still have the same passion and love for what they are doing.

1.5 microphones
Overall, the lyrics are okay, but on the weaker side compared to the rest of the album and the sound of the song isn’t really my thing, so I’m going to give this song a 1.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video!


TRACK 9- Anpanman


This song could be considered the Go Go of the ‘Tear’ album.

  • trap influences
  • reminiscent of Fetty Wap‘s music according to some critics
  • catchy and playful tune, but be careful of over-playing it!

The rap verses in this song are vital to break up the song and I also particularly like Jungkook’s section at 2:45.

“…I still wanna be a hero, but I can only give you an Anpan*, and tell you that you did a good job. But if you call me, I’ll fly over to you…”

Anpanman is based on a Japanese picture book series in which Anpanman* is a character who has no super powers or anything, but gives people in need bits of his head (which is made of bread). The idea is that he has to sacrifice himself in order to help others.

The song expresses something which the members often touch on: they aren’t superheroes, but if they can help the lives of their fans in any way, make them feel happier or touch them, then that is enough for them.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
Overall the song is pretty catchy, and the meaning of the lyrics is really sweet and meaningful as well. Again, I enjoy the group’s use of more figurative lyrics as opposed to more literally saying what they mean. Hence, I’m giving this song 3/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video!


*note: Anpan= a bread bun


TRACK 10- So What


  • EDM
  • longer, more instrumentation-heavy drop than Magic Shop
  • hence I don’t like it as much as Magic Shop, but it’s still pretty good

I very much enjoy all of the verses in this song and think they break up the song nicely.

My biggest bugbear is that the two drops at the end of the song are too close together, simply because I struggle to listen to the beat drop for that long.

“All your worries are just part of the swamp of your imagination that you created. Instead of worrying, go, go, don’t be timid, cheer up,
shout out, so what”

So What is a really empowering song, telling us to stop hesitating and second guessing ourselves so much and go for the things we want.

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I think the sound of the song reflects the message behind the words quite well and I love the message, even though some parts of the song do annoy me a little bit. Hence, I’m giving this song a 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 11- Outro: Tear


This song features the group’s rap line: RM, J-Hope and Suga.

  • rap
  • stripped back percussive beat
  • occasional echoes of other instrumention, like a an echo in a cave
  • variety of rap styles, some sing-rapping

I said in my review of ‘Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ that pure rap songs are a hit-or-miss for me and this song is just a bit of a masterpiece.

“This goodbye came to me at the end of my play that was only filled with lies, that’s the price I’ll pay”

Outro: Tear talks about the painful end of a relationship, possibly due to dishonesty, and expresses the narrator’s feelings of self-hate and regret.

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Overall, I think the song portrays the emotions in a very raw and connected manner, and I enjoy the song from a music standpoint as well, so I’m going to give this song a 5/5. I originally planned on giving this song a 4.5 but it just keeps growing on me so.,.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


This album was what I wanted from Love Yourself  ‘Her’. It didn’t seem to forced or stereotypical, they covered important issues in creative ways and the overall music quality seemed much higher. Although I didn’t love some of the promotional tracks from this album (e.g. FAKE LOVE and Airplane pt.2) the rest of the album was gold.

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In conclusion, I give ‘Love Yourself  ‘Tear” a 3.5/5.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3.5 star album rating means I liked most of the songs, and the cohesiveness or variety were very good. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my introduction to BTS and my review of Love Yourself ‘Her’!


So that’s it for my review of BTS’ Love Yourself ‘Tear’. I hope you enjoyed and look out for my review of Love Yourself ‘Answer’ tomorrow!

What did you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below!

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BTS’ Love Yourself 承 Her Album Review

BTS Love Yourself Her album coverThe Love Yourself  ‘Her’ album was first released on the 18th of September 2017 and is the first of three albums in the Love Yourself trilogy.

The album features eight songs and one skit, including a solo intro from member Jimin, a vocal line song and an outro from the rap line.

The album’s concept largely focuses on the positive, happy and somewhat clichéd parts of love, but also tackles some more serious social issues and includes two diss tracks.


note: all music videos and live performances in this video come with English subtitles, so please click the caption button if you wish to view these.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 1- Intro: Serendipity


Intro: Serendipity was first released on the 4th of September 2017 as a trailer for the ‘Her’ album and features member Jimin.

  • sweet, ballad-like chill-pop song
  • clear and pure vocals with a minimal instrumentation
  • beautiful tone of voice which helps express the meaning of the song

The universe has moved for us, without missing a single thing, because our happiness has been planned”

The song perfectly introduces the theme of this album and talks about a love which has saved the narrator’s life and brought him joy and which he believes to be ordained by the universe.

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Overall, the song has a gorgeous song which I would happily listen to forever, but the lyrics are quite clichéd. Hence, I give it a 4/5 rating.

Did you like this song? Check out this clip of Jimin singing the song a cappella!


TRACK 2- DNA


DNA is the title track off of this album and was also the song they performed at the AMAs in 2017.

  • bright, poppy sound with some EDM influence
  • not my preferred style of music

However, I do want to commend both V’s opening verse (0:44) for his gorgeous low voice, and Suga’s rap sections (e.g. at 2:00), which I absolutely loved.

“Our encounter is a mathematical formula, the law of religion, the ways of the universe”

DNA talks about a universe-ordained love. Despite exploring the same theme as Intro: Serendipity I found the lyrics of DNA more cringe-worthy and cheesy, perhaps because the song lacks the simplicity and sincerity of Intro: Serendipity.

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Overall, I didn’t like this song a lot simply because it’s not a style of music I enjoy listening to. However, if you are a fan of upbeat and cheesy pop with an EDM influence, then this may well be the song for you.
The lyrics don’t do anything for me, but the parts which I pointed out earlier that I did really enjoy raised the rating of this song from a 1/5 to a 1.5/5.

Want to listen to the full song? Check out this live performance!


TRACK 3- Best of Me


Best of Me is a b-side track off of this album for which The Chainsmokers helped produce the beat.

  • features The Chainsmokers, and the beat sounds like a Chainsmokers beat
  • too repetitive, cliched and predictable
  • really not for me

“It was raining, it was snowing, but all unhappiness stopped, you brought heaven to me”.

Best of Me is a cheesy love song.

Unfortunately, some of the lyrics in this song just irk me. For example the line “because without you there’s no me” . I hate the romanticising of love that is just so overwhelming that you forget who you are as your own person.

It is important to retain a sense of self and individuality in a relationship and, like many love songs, Best of Me seems to have fallen in to the trap of taking love and passion too far. Apart from this, it’s also a massive cliché and not at all original or interesting.

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Overall, even though EDM is not my type of music, I don’t think this is a particularly good EDM song either. Additionally, after looking at the lyrics I began to dislike this song anymore, resulting in me rating it 0/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video. 


TRACK 4- dimple


dimple (also known as Illegal) features all four vocalists of the group: Jungkook, Jimin, V, and Jin.

  • future bass sound (EDM/pop sub-genre)
  • not a massive fan of the instrumentation
  • actual melody not pleasing, don’t enjoy the interjections (e.g. at 1:55) as they break the flow of the song

“That dimple is illegal”

The lyrics are quite boring and typical of a cheesy love song. It’s also repetitive with not much variation except for two small sections, which often puts me off a song.

I don’t know whether puns like “I call you illegirl” made this song better or worse, although they are funny in a dad-joke type of way.

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Overall, the song was just whatever and quite easy for me to overlook. I expect it could appeal to some people’s personal preferences as it isn’t a bad song, the sound just wasn’t for me and I’m generally not a fan of cheesy or repetitive lyrics. Hence, I give it a 1/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D version!


TRACK 5- Pied Piper


Pied Piper is a diss tack with a twist: rather than dissing the haters, this song disses the fans!

  • nu-disco sound
  • catchy and repetitive instrumentation
  • high-pitched vocals (e.g. at 2:44)
  • annoying if over-played, otherwise quite fun

“…start studying for the exams, your parents and boss* hate me”

Although BTS has written many diss tracks in the past, this is the first time they’ve written one towards their fans. This song displays the kind of down-to-earth sense of humour which makes everyone fall in love with the members.

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Despite my great love for the lyrics, I am only going to give it 3/5 simply because the song itself is not the most listenable. The song is great in small quantities, but if you listen to it too often you could end up with a headache!

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


*note: the Korean word 부장님 can mean boss, director (e.g. of a school), manager etc.


TRACK 6- MIC Drop


This is another diss track, this time targeting the haters and doubters. A remixed version of this song featuring Steve Aoki was released in November 2017.


note: in this post, I will be reviewing the original version.


  • trap beat
  • hip-hop diss track along the line of the Cyphers
  • highlights the excellent rapping skills of the group

I particularly love Suga’s verse at 1:07.

“Sorry mom, your son’s too hot”

In terms of lyrics, Suga’s verse at 1:07 is once again my favourite, with lines that are at once scathing, boastful and vulnerable. For example, the reference to Suga’s parent’s lack of support for his chosen career path, makes this song particularly special for those who are familiar with the rapper’s story.

However, generally speaking, this song lacks some of the clever word play which I so enjoyed in Cypher pt. 3 and the lyrics could have been better.

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In conclusion, whilst the song itself is very good, some of the lyrics do leave something to be desired and there was little that was particularly outstandinghence I am giving it 3/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out the music video for the Steve Aoki remix!


TRACK 7- Go Go


Go Go is a song which criticises society, something which has become a trademark of BTS albums and sets them apart from many other artists.

  • hip-hop song
  • boasts catchy tune and overall feel-good sound
  • rap verses mix smoothly with the vocals
  • no sections stand out as particularly impressive or interesting
  • annoying if listen to often

One of the group’s most goofy tracks to date, this song seems playful and fun, but actually addresses the struggles of today’s youth.

This dissonance between sound and meaning is entirely intentional and is reflected in the lyrics, helping to communicate that beyond materialism and shallow phrases like “YOLO”, is a much darker and more painful truth about the hardships of being a young person in society.

RM has said: “In Korea, YOLO has become a big key word for young people because we don’t have money and it’s really hard to get a chance to earn a lot of money.” Read more on this here.

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Overall, this song has an important and complex meaning, and an egaging sound, although I find it can be a little bit annoying if you listen to it often. I also think that without knowing the meaning, I would not appreciate the song as much as I do due to the repetitive chorus. This repetitiveness is intentional and helps deliver the message of the song, but in terms of listening experience it isn’t the best. Hence, I give the song 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this special Halloween-edition dance practice! (Dance starts at 1:38.)


TRACK 8- Outro: Her


Outro: Her features BTS’ three rappers: RM, J-Hope and Suga.

The rap line’s unit songs are usually a hit or miss for me. Not because I don’t like the rap line, because I love them, but simply because I’m not the biggest fan of rap. I like rap in songs, but I struggle to listen to a whole song of just rapping. Hence, the instrumentation becomes really important.

  • rap is okay
  • dislike the instrumentation, which made me dislike the entire song

“All of my wonder, the answer to that,  I call you her, her, ’cause you’re my tear, tear”

The lyrics, however, are very clever. Not so much in terms of the meaning in relation to society or anything else, but in their subtle hints towards the rest of the Love Yourself era.

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Overall, whilst this single line impressed me a lot, the song simply wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the beat and found the song too repetitive. Hence, I give the song a 1/5.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


I found this album disappointing. There were a few good songs,  but there were too many songs with sappy, cheesy lyrics and annoying or displeasing instrumentation.

Although the whole point of the album was to explore the happy, loving and exciting parts of young love, the album often felt stale and clichéd.

I would have loved to see BTS take a fresh and insightful view on happy love like they do with all of their other concepts, but the route they went feels insincere and unsatisfactory to me. The kind of love explored also felt a little bit unhealthy in some of the songs, as I mentioned previously.

In the context of the entire trilogy, it could be argued that the reason they went this route was to show how this kind of all-consuming love eventually develops into something negative (see my review for Love Yourself  ‘Tear’ tomorrow), and if this is the case then it makes me like the album a bit more and has caused me to increase my rating a little bit,

Overall, this album was not the best album from BTS and I’m giving it a 1.5/5.

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If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 1.5 star album rating means I liked some of the songs, but not all, and that either the cohesiveness or variety or music quality was good. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my introduction to BTS and stay tuned for more BTS posts to come!


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. This is the beginning of a series for the next couple of days, so watch out for my breakdown of my favourite BTS songs as well as reviews of the rest of the Love Yourself trilogy!

What did you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

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A.C.E’s Adventures in Wonderland Album Review

A.C.E Adventures in WonderlandA.C.E Adventures in Wonderland is a repackage album including all of the group’s prior releases as well as three new tracks. The album was released on the 8th of June 2018. 

CACTUS and Callin’ feature all five members of the group, but due to temporary promotions with the group UNB, the maknae Chan was not able to participate in any of the other tracks. Take Me Higher features all members except Chan, whilst DESSERT and Black and Blue were unit duets. 

A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland track list

The concept of this album wasn’t ever clearly explained and there were numerous theories flying around on Twitter. Obviously, the title is a nod to Alice in Wonderland and fairytale books can be found in some of the teaser images. 

Prior to the release of this album the members had mentioned wanting to explore a variety of music styles, which they clearly accomplished in this repackaged mini album.


TRACK 1- CACTUS


CACTUS was originally released in May 2017, it the group’s debut single and incorporates a variety of genres, including the EDM sub-genre hardstyle.

The instrumentation of this song is probably the most prominent feature of the song and is also very unique in the k-pop genre as hardstyle is a mostly unexplored genre in the industry.  

Highlights of the song include the piano intro (0:03-0:15) and the beautiful clear vocals from main vocals Donghun and Chan (e.g. at 0:33).

Chan dancing to CACTUS gif
Chan dancing to CACTUS

Jun also shows off his beautiful voice, and rappers Byeongkwan and Wow show their versatility, with both rap verses and singing parts.

The lyrics tell the story of the how A.C.E has come through their hardships to end up where they are now, with lines like:

it doesn’t matter who bothers me, I’ll be okay, I won’t be scared.

Overall, the meaning of the song is good and what we hear of their vocals and rapping is excellent.

However, I do wish they had more opportunities to show off their voices, as the instrumentation dominated the song. 

Additionally, whilst I enjoyed the instrumentation and flow of the song overall, I would have liked to see some more variation. Hence, I give the song a rating of 3/5.

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Did you like this song? If you did, check out this remix version with SPECTRUM BEAT as well as this English version in which they changed some of the lyrics and dedicated it to fans, whom they call Choice!

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 2- Callin’


Callin’ was originally released on the 18th of October 2017 and was the group’s first comeback, just one week before the members joined both The Unit and MIXNINE (survival shows). 

Following their debut song, the group decided to keep a somewhat similar sound for their first comeback. Callin’ however, is a more complex and musically mature song than CACTUS.

Despite having a very similar beat drop, there is much more complexity and variety of the instrumentation in this song. I particularly love Donghun’s softer verse at 1:32.

Not only is the instrumentation more varied, but the members have more lines in this song, allowing them to display more of their talents. Main vocal Chan shows off his unique vocal tone at 2:15 and the ad-libs from 2:55 add a complexity to the song which I very much enjoy. 

A.C.E
A.C.E

The lyrics of Callin’ follow on from the story told by CACTUS, talking about how the members now feel ready to answer whenever the world calls on them, with lines like

now open your eyes don’t hide anymore

and

anytime anywhere callin’.

It seems a fitting continuation from CACTUSwhich talked about their feelings up to their debut and how they overcame hardship, to now declare their confidence and readiness before the world.

Overall, I like how this song was connected to their previous track: it can be annoying when two songs from an artist seem very similar to each other, but in this case it works as Callin’ clearly builds on and develops the story and emotions from CACTUS.

The greater complexity and variety in this song finds me enjoying the song much more than their debut, which I already liked, so I’m giving it a 3.5/5.

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Did you like this song? If you did, check out this live performance!

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 3- BLACK AND BLUE


Now we’ve come to the first of the new tracks on the album! Black and Blue is a song by members Jun and Wow and is rumoured to have been inspired by Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favourite fairy tales of all time.

Black and Blue has a grittier, hip-hop sound and shows how the group has begun to explore a wider variety of music genres. The song has a very unique and unusual flair as well. 

One aspect of this song which I have absolutely fallen in love with is how they use their two different voices to create a sense of dialogue, for example at 0:11 through the use of interjections and then at 0:25 where the song switches back between rap and singing.

Wow and Jun selfie
Wow and Jun

The narrator of the song talks about how their life has only “black and dark” and invites whoever they are talking to not to give up on them, saying:

“please come into my darkness, use your warmth to envelop me”.

Despite the generally strong and powerful beat and somewhat possessive lyrics, there is a somewhat unexpected emotional vulnerability, especially in the later part of the song around 2:25 where the beat mellows out and Wow says:

“I’m saying I love you please take a listen, please understand my pureness, the solace in my bleak melancholy”.

At first I must admit I wasn’t sure whether or not I liked Black and Blue. Over time I have come to enjoy how it is simple yet complicated at the same time and the mixture of melodies and chanting whispers seems to work really well

Overall, whilst the concept isn’t particularly original, the lyrics are well-crafted and the song is engaging to listen to, so I give it a rating of 4/5.

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Did you like this song? If you did, check out this fan-cam of the two performing it at a fan signing!

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 4- Take Me Higher


Take Me Higher is the title track of this repackaged album and the group’s third music video and promotional song. It features Donghun, Wow, Jun and Kim Byeongkwan.

Take Me Higher is completely different from the group’s previous title tracks and takes a chill-pop approach to summery music, marking the group’s first attempt at seasonal music and also their first non-EDM title track. 

The instrumentals and the vocals compliment each other and work on the same level in this song. This doesn’t necessarily make the song any better, but it is interesting and a nice change of pace.

The instrumentation of the song is quite stripped back and includes a snapping sound and occasionally chords, later mixing in some more light percussion as well. 

Casual picture of A.C.E (without Chan) after performing Take Me Higher
A.C.E after performing Take Me Higher

What the instrumental lacks in melody and tune, the vocals deliver in full. The vocals are smooth and melodic, contrasting and completing the instrumental perfectly and their high pitch helps to create a fun and sunny feeling. 

The song also features a rap verse (2:31) written by group member Wow, which has a much more chill, almost R&B sound and provides a nice break in the general upbeat poppy sound of the song. This also leads into this beautiful slower section at 2:48 where Donghun and Jun really get to show off their gorgeous vocals.

For the most part, the flow of the song works really well and the rap verse and break down perfectly balance out the rest of the song so that it never feels boring or overly repetitive.

The chorus might actually be my least favourite part of the song… whilst I mostly like it a lot, there is one line (for example at 1:19) where they sing “everyday, everywhere, everything about you” and I find that the repetition of “every” breaks the flow of the song slightly. Apart from that, this song is wonderful.

This song is really a love song to the groups fans and lines such as “my choice is my life” make this perfectly clear, as their fandom name is choice. The lyrics thank the group’s fans for their love and support with lines like

“my unending gratitude, you’re the reason for my existence”.

Take Me Higher also seems to be a continuation of the group’s previous title tracks (CACTUS and Callin’), continuing to tell the story of A.C.E’s journey.

Beyond this, it is also a simple love song.

Overall, I how Take Me Higher is a summer song without being predictable! They lyrics aren’t particularly unique, but are sweet, and the song itself is catchy and pleasing to the ears so I give it a 3.5/5.

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Did you like this song? If you did check out this live performance.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 5- DESSERT


DESSERT is the third and final new track on this album and features members Donghun and Kim Byeongkwan.

DESSERT  has a  more typical summer sound with a lot of tropical house influence. I’m a bit tired of this genre, which I didn’t love to begin with, so I’m less inclined to like this song than others on the album. 

The song starts off with quite a bare instrumental and slowly builds up, which helps to propel the song forwards quite successfully.

When the vocals start at 0:10 they’re quite high-pitched and have an airy quality, making them seem almost other-worldly in the best way possible.

Selfie of Donghun and Kim Byeongkwan
Byeongkwan and Donghun

The song features a clear beat drop, the only of the three new tracks to do so, which isn’t too repetitive and is broken up nicely by the occasional lyric.

However, the chorus is quite repetitive, which I do not enjoy, although it does sound nice. Unfortunately, the chorus and the beat drop make up most of the song.

The highlight of the song is definitely the section around 1:30 as it provides a nice contrast from the otherwise high-pitched and upbeat song.

Although DESSERT is definitely my least favourite of the new tracks, and although it is perhaps the most simple of all songs in terms of meaning (it’s a very sweet, summery confession song), I absolutely love the lyrics.

The lyrics of this song are not only sweet in terms of emotions, but literally sweet. My mouth is watering whilst reading lines like

“you look as if you were shaking around like cotton candy”

and

“even sand fluttering through the desert is sugar powder”

Overall, I really like how they expressed the meaning through the lyrics, and I very much like the verse in the middle of the song, but the genre and the repetitiveness of the chorus was not for me.

However, if you are a fan of tropical house music you would probably very much enjoy this song and it is all a matter or personal preference. Based on my own music tastes, this song gets a rating of 1.5/5, but someone who likes tropical house could have easily rated it at 4/5.

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Did you like this song? If you did, check out this fan-cam of Donghun and Kim Byeongkwan performing it!

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 6- 5TAR (Incompletion)


 5TAR (Incompletion) was previously released as a digital single by the group on the 15th of March 2018 and features all of the members except for Chan. An alternate version of the song including Chan exists, but was not included in this album due to his contract with UNB

5TAR (Incompletion) was the group’s first official exploration of other genres as a group and is the groups first ballad. In my opinion, it really showcases the amazing vocal talents in this group.

The vocals start soft and in a comfortable register, creating an intimate and comforting atmosphere. The vocals gently coax the song along, for example this beautiful part at 0:44. The group also experimented with harmonies, which worked really well for them as well. Later in the song, for example at 3:06, the vocals sound much more emotional, creating progression and variety.

Jun and Byeongkwan kissing Chan on the cheek whilst Wow and Donghun watch gif
A.C.E kissing Chan

The only part of the song which I do not like is the end part from about 3:47 to 4:11 where they simply repeat “woah”. It sounds beautiful, but it’s far too repetitive for my tastes and this is something which I don’t like in any song.

The rap section around 2:03 is probably second least favourite part of the song and whilst I don’t not like it, I feel like the intensity and flow doesn’t completely match with the overall atmosphere of the song. It has grown on me overtime, but it’s still not my favourite section of the song.

The instrumentation in this song is quite stripped back and it gives a very raw and sincere feeling to the song, for example at 0:12. The instrumental changes throughout the song to fit the singing or rapping, blending really nicely together.

By looking at the lyrics, it is clear to see that the message of this song is so important and beautiful.

The group dedicated the song to their fans and have said they hope it helps Choice through difficult times in their life. It’s about not being alone anymore, about being proud of yourself and how “happiness is slowly coming your way”.

The lyrics do not urge one to stop crying and feel better, but rather to let it all out. Lines like “please don’t stop your tears” tell the listener how it’s okay to be sad, how you should let it all out and they will be there for you.

These lyrics were written by group members Jun and Donghun, making it even more special.

Overall, I love the meaning behind this song and the majority of the song is excellent, but the repetitive “woah” at the end ruins it a little bit for me, so I will give it a rating of 2/5.

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If you do want to listen to the complete version of the song, you can’t currently purchase it or stream it but there is an official version on YouTube which you can watch here. (Spoiler alert: the song gets a 3 or 4 in this version.)

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Overall, I’m quite pleased with this album. Whilst there were no songs that I gave a 5, most of the songs were very good and there was a decent amount of variety of genre and sound. Although not all of the songs suited my personal preference, they were on the most part good for the genre they were.

The concept of the album wasn’t very clearly expressed, but the songs were good individually and there was some continuation through the title tracks, from CACTUS to Callin’ and finally to Take Me Higher. However, there were a few songs which I gave lower ratings and some things that I didn’t like as much. Hence, I give this album a 3/5.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3 star album rating means I liked all of the songs to some extent (1 microphone or higher) and the cohesiveness, variety and music quality is decent. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are A.C.E?


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A.C.E are a South Korean boy group who debuted in May 2017. There are five members: Jun, Donghun, Wow, Kim Byeongkwan (formerly known as Jason) and Chan. Chan is also a member of the boy group UNB.

Check out this introductory post or this introductory video.


So that was my review for A.C.E’s newest album! I love this group with all my heart and I hope you will too.

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Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


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